|Alpine Swift my bird of the quarter|
The third quarter was very dry. With the continued low rainfall the island was experiencing it was no surprise that most of the wet areas were now dry. This did not stop the birds from coming however, and during this quarter we had some exciting birds. With the invasion of our beaches by the Sargassum seaweed, they are teeming with small crustacean, fish eggs and small insects, it was a buffet for the shorebirds.
August was like “spinning a top in mud”. In that month I recorded over 50 on the month’s checklists and only added one species to my year list. While I was not productive in the sense of increasing my list I was able to see fifty seven species during that month. The single new bird for August was the White-Rumped Sandpiper which was seen at Inch Marlow, Christ Church.